The Algorithmic Self Workshop

On Friday 27th of January, we hosted a workshop focused on self-tracking and quantification. The workshop dealt with two main questions: How does self-tracking and quantification affect our self understanding? How does self-tracking and quantification affect how we are governed (by ourselves, our lovers, our friends and our employers)? To answer these questions, we brought together … More The Algorithmic Self Workshop

Episode #18 – Jonathan Pugh on bio-conservatism and human enhancement

In this episode I talk to Jonathan Pugh about bio-conservatism and human enhancement. Jonny is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Applied Moral Philosophy at The University of Oxford, on the Wellcome Trust funded project “Neurointerventions in Crime Prevention: An Ethical Analysis”. His new paper, written with Guy Kahane and Julian Savulescu,  ‘Bio-Conservatism, Partiality, and The … More Episode #18 – Jonathan Pugh on bio-conservatism and human enhancement

Episode #17 Steve Fuller on Transhumanism and the Proactionary Imperative

In this episode I talk to Professor Steve Fuller about his sometimes controversial views on transhumanism, religion, science and technology, enhancement and evolution. Steve is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick. He is the author of a trilogy relating to the idea of a ‘post-’ or ‘trans-‘ human future, all published … More Episode #17 Steve Fuller on Transhumanism and the Proactionary Imperative

Episode #16 Anders Sandberg on the ethics and risks of time compression in computing

In this episode I talk to Anders Sandberg about the ethical implications of time compression – or the speeding up of computational tasks to quantum levels. Anders is research associate to the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics. His … More Episode #16 Anders Sandberg on the ethics and risks of time compression in computing

Being Human | Human Being: a panel discussion of Ex Machina

Back in March I co-curated a Passengerfilms event in London which used Alex Garland’s 2015 film Ex Machina to provoke a panel discussion about what it means to ‘be human’ in a world in which the digitally -or algorithmically – processed ‘virtual’ is increasingly experienced in the actualities of everyday life. I wrote a post … More Being Human | Human Being: a panel discussion of Ex Machina

A Critique of Linguistic Capitalism: a short podcast from Pip Thornton

I started work as the research assistant on the Algocracy and Transhumanism project in September, and John has invited me to record a short podcast about some of my own PhD research on Language in the Age of Algorithmic Reproduction. You download the podcast here or listen below. The podcast relates to a project called … More A Critique of Linguistic Capitalism: a short podcast from Pip Thornton

Episode #15 – Nicole Vincent on Neurointerventions and Human Happiness

In this episode I talk to Nicole Vincent. Nicole is an international philosopher extraordinaire. She has appointments at Georgia State University, TU Delft (Netherlands) and Macquarie University (Sydney). Nicole’s work focuses on the philosophy of responsibility, cognitive enhancement and neuroethics. We talk about two main topics: (i) can neuroscience make us happier? and (ii) how … More Episode #15 – Nicole Vincent on Neurointerventions and Human Happiness

Episode #14 Aaron Wright on Blockchain Technology and the Law

In this episode I interview programmer and lawyer Aaron Wright. Aaron is an expert in corporate and intellectual property law, with extensive experience in Internet and new technology issues. He is a professor at Cardozo Law School and the Director of the School’s Tech Startup Clinic. I speak to Aaron about the issues arising from his forthcoming … More Episode #14 Aaron Wright on Blockchain Technology and the Law

From Algorithmic States to Algorithmic Brains – workshop summary

The modern age is characterised by two technological trends. The first is the increased outsourcing of human agency to intelligent algorithms; the second is the increased integration between mind and machine. Held at NUI Galway in September 2016, the ‘From Algorithmic States to Algorithmic Brains’ workshop aimed to explore the political, legal and ethical implications … More From Algorithmic States to Algorithmic Brains – workshop summary

Episode #13 Laura Cabrera on Human Enhancement, Communication and Values

In this episode I interview Dr Laura Cabrera. Laura is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Ethics & Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University where she conducts research into the ethical and societal implications of neurotechnology. I ask Laura how human enhancement can affect inter-personal communication and values and talk about … More Episode #13 Laura Cabrera on Human Enhancement, Communication and Values